03-29-2015 01:27 PM
03-29-2015 10:26 PM
04-06-2015 07:16 PM
So do you guys clone the entire drive or just the recovery partition?? As far as I remember Macrium Reflect does not allow partition resizing which I would need to go from a hdd to smaller SSD.
04-06-2015 10:37 PM
I use Acronis boot media to create full disk image to a file. Then, after hdd replacement, it allows you to recover disk image to any disk. Acronis also supports right SSD aligment, so you can be sure everything is OK. You can use your disk image as a backup for later use. My version is Acronis Backup & Recovery 11, but Acronis True Image should work as well. I can test it in day or two, I just purchased 2015 version of True Image.
04-07-2015 12:48 AM
If at all I want to change HDD to SSD, I would prefer clean installation of the OS from recovery media instead of cloning as this is a new system. Cloning can be difficult. In some thread, I have read that some of them haven’t been able to successfully clone his similar new windows 8.
Make sure to find cloning software which supports windows 8, secure boot, UEFI and GPT. After cloning and booting you want to look up how to align your SSD.
Hope this helps.
04-07-2015 02:22 AM - edited 04-07-2015 02:27 AM
<<As far as I remember Macrium Reflect does not allow partition resizing which I would need to go from a hdd to smaller SSD.>>
Yes it does. And all manner of BIOS configs and Windows versions.
Instead of a true clone, you could also image the existing disk and deselect the Q partition where the recovery image is. That will save you disk space. And since you then have the imaging software installed, just make a periodic image backup that you can restore in case of crash or virus or whatever. That's a more contemporary solution than restoring to factory state.
Once done, boot and use the new drive and put the original away as your failsafe. If, for example, you wanted to sell the PC, put the original drive back in and run recovery to restore it to a blank factory slate.